Merton Council officially heard this week from the Upper Tribunal that it will be permitted to modify a covenant for a small area of Dundonald Rec.
Following an Order from the Upper Tribunal on Tuesday 25 June, the Tribunal agreed that a specific area of Dundonald Rec may now be used for educational purposes in connection with Dundonald Primary School. This had previously been identified as an obstacle to expanding Dundonald Primary School.
The proposal for an extension to the school would mean that the extra building space would not exceed the existing area covered by the current school buildings and the pavilion. Alongside an expansion, proposed improvements to the recreation ground would include an extra tennis court, a larger children’s playground, a green gym and more space available for everyone to use.
The expansion would provide an extra 30 places per year for children living local to Dundonald School, which will make 210 places in total. In line with the latest information from the GLA, the rise in demand for primary school places continues, and this proposed expansion would enable us to provide a top quality primary education to more children within walking distance from their homes.
Merton Council cabinet member for education Councillor Martin Whelton said: “The Upper Tribunal was certainly one of the major hurdles we have had to overcome in the process of expanding the school, but there are still a number of issues to address. We will work with school governors to assess how quickly we need to provide the extra spaces for the children. We are committed to ensuring Merton’s green spaces are available for everyone to use and to ensure they are here for future generations.”
Before the expansion of the school can proceed there are still further legal procedures to follow including finalities on the planning agreement, procedures on land appropriation and education statutory notices.